What is Defer Upgrades in Windows 10?


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It may happen with you that, after downloading and installing certain Windows 10 updates, your important software stops working or it gets corrupted. In this case, you might have to rollback your entire OS to the certain checkpoint at which your software was working fine or have to reinstall entire old OS.

How can this be prevented? How can you get Windows 10 upgrades after lots of testing? How can you delay updates that break your important software? The answer to all this is an option – Defer Upgrades. Microsoft made it available for business users who want to get features which are tested for the long term.

What is Defer Upgrades Option in Windows 10?

The Defer Upgrades option in Windows 10 delays feature updates for several months only allowing important security updates through. By enabling Defer Upgrades option, you put your PC on “Current branch for business”.

Basically, Defer Upgrades option in Windows 10 puts feature upgrades on hold for months, allowing them to get more tested in that time span. The more the time they are tested, less the possibility of important software corruption. Let’s take a look at what Microsoft said about Defer Upgrades option:

“Some Windows 10 editions let you defer upgrades to your PC. When you defer upgrades, new Windows features won’t be downloaded or installed for several months. Deferring upgrades doesn’t affect security updates. Note that deferring upgrades will prevent you from getting the latest Windows features as soon as they’re available.”

The statements above provide some idea about Defer Upgrades option, but it isn’t properly explained.

Which Window 10 Editions Can Defer Upgrades?

If you have any one of- Windows 10 Professional, Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education edition then you are lucky my friend. All the editions mentioned above have Defer Upgrades option. If you have Windows 10 Home – the standard Windows 10 version, then you might have to spend extra $99 to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 Professional edition.

How to Enable Defer Upgrades in Windows 10?

The process for Deferring Upgrades in Windows 10 is very simple, just follow the instructions below:

  • Go to Settings → Update & security.
  • Click on Windows Update.
  • In Update settings click on Advanced options.
  • Check the box for Defer feature updates.

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That’s it! It’s done; nothing hard and complex, just four simple steps and you are good to go.

Which Updates will be Deferred?

As you might know, Microsoft is following a different approach to providing updates for Windows 10 than previous versions. Windows 10 automatically checks for updates in background and downloads and installs it without notifying the user, that is- there is no option to stop automatic updates. Microsoft is continuing this approach for their feature updates.

When updates made available, it goes through certain test process. The people who have signed up for “Windows Insiders” program, gets updates first. They test it first, after testing, the recognized bugs get fixed. After that, the updates gets available to other peoples and automatically downloaded by Windows Update process- in the same way as security updates deliver.

Also Read: Windows 10 Hidden Features!

But some persons (mostly business persons) don’t want to get a sudden new feature on their PC before it is been vigorously tested, so by enabling Defer Upgrades you can delay feature updates for several months, providing enough time span to test new feature properly.
Note: The security updates will still be provided automatically.

How long Feature Updates will be delayed?

Microsoft hadn’t provided official figure yet, but feature upgrades can be delayed for several months. Still, you can’t delay it for an indefinite time. We know that security updates are downloaded as soon as they are available, they can’t be delayed. But not all security updates can be compatible with old versions of Windows 10. So, it will be only matter of time before you need to install feature update in order to get new security updates.

Why Should You Defer Upgrades?

The main goal of Deferring Upgrades is to make sure that they’ll receive more testing before installing on your PC. The update you receive after enabling Defer Upgrades went through following testing process before making up to you. First, the build is made available to people signed up for “Windows Insider” program. They act as a beta tester for Windows 10 Home edition users. After fixing bugs it is made available to Windows 10 Home users, all these users will act as a tester for you. If any problems are found they get fixed by the time it gets available to Windows 10 Professional users.

If you further want to test the update to make sure that it will not corrupt or break any of your important software, you can enable Defer Upgrades option. But by enabling it, you would have to wait for several months to get feature updates. If you are the person who wants to get updates as soon as they get published (like ME), then don’t enable it. The Windows Insider program catches most of the bugs and fixes it before making to Windows 10 Home Editions.

So, should you enable it? Well! Here is my answer- “Unless you are a business person or having important software in your workstation, leave the option disabled”; either way the update will make its way towards you after some time. But it’s entirely up to you. Do share this article with your friends. If you have any question or suggestions feel free to write down below in comment box, we would be happy to help.


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